The Imitation of Christ, believed to be written by Thomas a Kempis in , outlines a way of life in pursuit of an ultimate intimacy with Christ and God by "imitating" the life style of Jesus while on he was on earth. Such, for Gregory himself, was the inspiration of his celibate brother Basil - celibacy was ultimately to be "caught" not "taught. Augustine, in which the saint asked of God, "Make me holy, Lord, but not yet. Schillebeeckx says that, first in the fourth century came a law that forbade a married priest from having sexual intercourse the night before celebrating the Eucharist. According to one of Freud's great interpreters, Philip Rieff, the man was actually something of a prude. Not long ago, good Christians used to picket and protest outside impure movies and shows. We are more likely talking about the stolid miscalculations of some unenlightened human beings who have unsuccessfully misinterpreted the teachings of the Founder of their Church. But nowhere in his corpus have I seen reference to attempting to act upon disordered inclinations such as same-sex attraction via sublimation. Yet I offer a broad critique of something central to their lives and identities — the rule of celibacy. As stated previously in this paper, the Church has continuously shown the pattern that today's heresy is tomorrow's dogma. Ironically, in the Bing Crosby glory days, celibacy seemed to convey another kind of power. Remember Freud's use of the image of "channelling" in relation to erotic desire. Whether or not these unfortunate events led him to a life as a contemplative monk is open for debate. First, we must bear in mind that our sexuality—whether we are male or female, gay or straight—does not relate solely to genital acts. In his famous New York Times article "The Scourge of Celibacy," from , Wills claimed that "the whole celibacy structure is a house of cards, and honesty about any one problem can make the structure of pretence come toppling down Any approach to understanding and living with sexuality that does not take into account the immense and undifferentiated power of sexual passion is naive and self-defeating. Beatrice makes sense not only to Dante but to me.
Obsessive sexual moralism, along with that bad faith, spilled out of pulpits. I write from inside the question, having lived as a celibate seminarian and priest for more than a decade in my youth. The FAQs and quizzes associated with the videos are also misleading in places: Later, out of love for the Lord and His people, they gathered at the Council of Jerusalem to look for the truth to help them to act as the much needed leaders of the early Church. When Sipe alludes to serving others productively, he is saying that sexual denial without social commitment is meaningless. In theory, the goal of Christian celibacy is the enhancement of love, a way of focusing one's spiritual beliefs without the distraction that comes with an heterosexual relationship and the subsequent implications. He provides such examples as the yellow-capped Lamas of Tibet, the ascetic hermits of Egypt, the virgin priestesses of Thebes, the Astorte cult of Syria, the primitive worshipers of Dodona, the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome, and the temple priests of the Aztecs. It is rather the acknowledgment and transformation of the positive energies inherent in the desire. In the twelfth century, Peter Abelard of France was one of the most famous teachers of his time. Arts, labour, great social works, and invention could all be possible activities of sublimation—not because they are sexual, or replace sexual frustration, but because they can harness the rocket fuel and creativity of subconscious desire. It is possible to use libidinal verve otherwise—call them productive releases. The ways of doing this are, of course, as varied as are gay people. I plead, I pray, that bishops at their June meeting at Notre Dame approve the voluntary return of those married priests who are otherwise in good standing with the Church. In the ordinary experience of parish priests, there was no intimate community within which to humanely live a sexually sublimated life. I am a priest fully dedicated to the ministry of the Lord. The narcissist "Me Generation," the sexual revolution; the vicarious sex portrayed in the media, the arts, advertising, and fashion all have contributed to the Western World being sexually polarized and preoccupied.
Beatrice makes sense not only to Dante but to me. However, don't entirely discount that possibility either. As previously implied, philosophical theology does not rely upon any revelatory documents. Edward's Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee, recently circulated a letter to Catholic newspapers and magazines around the country, summing up what he feels is the condition of the Catholic Church in this country and imploring American Bishops to act in concert at their June convocation at Notre Dame. But the most damaging consequence of mandatory celibacy for priests lies in its character as the pulse of clericalism. Schillebeeckx says that, first in the fourth century came a law that forbade a married priest from having sexual intercourse the night before celebrating the Eucharist. At the Council of Nicaea in , a proposal to require celibacy for all priests was defeated and at the Council of Trullo in , marriage rights for priests were reasserted. In his book Ireland: He provides such examples as the yellow-capped Lamas of Tibet, the ascetic hermits of Egypt, the virgin priestesses of Thebes, the Astorte cult of Syria, the primitive worshipers of Dodona, the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome, and the temple priests of the Aztecs. But I have also tried to suggest - doubtless more contentiously - that heterosexual and homosexual desire ought to be examined together and subjected to the same exacting standards of ascetic transformation through discipline and "right direction. Some see such a practice as vindictive against our own married priests. Jerome which expressed the views of both pagans and Christians at the time that, "All sexual intercourse is impure. We are more likely talking about the stolid miscalculations of some unenlightened human beings who have unsuccessfully misinterpreted the teachings of the Founder of their Church. This is an ironic claim, given that Belgau and his colleagues are largely anti-Freudian when it comes to developmental theories about the psychological genesis of homosexuality. Like magma below the crust, it's going to erupt, eventually. They became a new creation. The Apostles were confused, scared, depressed, and without faith and ourage.
Thus, in a striking correspondence of initiated by Albert Einstein, Freud expressed the astonishingly optimistic view, as war-clouds gathered in Europe, that "Erotism" - the love instinct - could finally triumph over Hate and war and aggression, by means of a sort of direct transference of the energies of hate. Another factor was an economic development as the Church began acquiring his own property. The 6, word document, addressed to priests, was the result of a year-long discussion among archdiocesan parishes about the future in light of a projected 26 percent decline in the number of priests by the year And that means the establishment of a concerted effort to teach the value of a celibate life for religious without any reflection upon the nature of the female species. Like so many issues today and down through the centuries, the Church's stance regretably involves a dialectic rather than a dialogue. However, in , the Bishop of Paris condemned as heretical 18 propositions being taught by Aristotelian professors, and a student of that school of thought, Thomas Aquinas was condemned seven years later. Ranke-Heinemann a feminist, but perhaps calling her a misanthrope might be a bit extreme. Yet I offer a broad critique of something central to their lives and identities — the rule of celibacy. Mostly she writes the art reviews for publications people don't read for the art reviews. It is possible to use libidinal verve otherwise—call them productive releases. Subscribe to Crisis. And that means that eventually the question of falling in love comes up…. But as Gregory himself warns, we cannot believe it unless we see it lived. God was not the issue; the pope was. But there was every sign that the Council fathers, when they inevitably took up the subject of the priesthood, were still going to discuss celibacy, as if change were possible there. For women who feel oppressed by society and by a Church dominated by male celibates, Christ would understand where the rage of women is coming from these days and why the rage is symbolically transferred to the Pontiff. The issues involved here have been covered extensively in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, both religious and secular. Richard Sipe, the concept that the offerers of a sacrifice should remain untainted by sexual encounters goes back to ancient civilizations. Therefore, in late , Paul VI made his second extraordinary intervention to forbid any discussion of priestly celibacy. But what other option do gay Christians have? One such organization is CORPUS, a group of married non-clerical priests presently organized in some 26 countries around the world, representing some tens of thousands of resigned priests. However, that insensitivity is not necessarily wickedly, stupidly, or conspiratorially targeted to discriminate against women. Despite what some people say and write, I must believe that many of the bishops truly care about the priests and the Church. It is the metaphor of the "stream" of desire, and of its right direction, use, and even intensification in relation to God. Underlying these gloomy figures Sipe estimates that nearly half of so-called "celibates" are actually not so at any one time seems to lurk the psychological presumption - often attributed to Freud - that celibacy is unnatural and even harmful. In the fourth century, Augustine helped revive many of Plato's five-hundred year-old concepts on the unnatural union of the human body and the soul in efforts to down-play the importance of sensual pleasure. The Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy, edited by Geddes MacGregor indicates that the word "theology" originates from the Greek word theos and logs meaning literally, "God-discourse," or "God-talk. On the contrary, the later view of Freud is that we all necessarily must be engaged in forms of sublimation, if civilization is to endure, and that celibacy has always been the choice of a minority who interpret this pressure religiously. In some men, both straight and gay, the stresses of such contradiction lead to irrepressible urges that can be indulged only by exploitation of the vulnerable and available, objects of desire who in many cases are boys, whether prepubescent or adolescent.
In his book Sexual Intimacy, Greeley offers a frank, though somewhat Freudian assessment of the importance of sexuality in lives of men and women. While the desire is there, and boiling, that doesn't mean it has to be let out by means of sexual acts. Mostly she writes the art reviews for publications people don't read for the art reviews. By , Aristotle's worldviews were required in the Catholic university syllabus. Marriage and a family can present numerous burdens that the single life does not. But Freud admitted people really are sexual, and so he repulsed his Victorian predecessors as much as his libertine Edwardian contemporaries. Interestingly, precisely this same image of channelling is used by one of the Christian tradition's greatest and most important theologians. The system broke down early on, and in some eras it broke down big time. This is simply true for men—period—regardless of the kind of sexual attraction the man experiences. In other words - and this is surely a point of great spiritual significance for today - rightly-channelled desire, whether married or celibate, is impossible without shining examples to emulate. The magnet is dead. Tough, kind, devout, loving, open-minded as much his devout beliefs would allow. We walked a small, almost shy, almost shameful circuit of the block immediately surrounding the church. But what other option do gay Christians have? It might be thought that Gregory intends this intensification of desire towards God as mutually exclusive with a sexually-active life in marriage.
That means standing firm against birth control which indirectly condones casual sex, which we now fear more for its contagion that for it sinfulness. Merton's pre-ordination life seems similar in comparison to that of St. The Apostles were confused, scared, depressed, and without faith and ourage. Her patron saint is Elizabeth of Hungary. It is possible to use libidinal verve otherwise—call them productive releases. And he sees good, spiritually-productive, marriage as almost on a par with celibacy given its equal potential capacity, when desire is rightly "aimed," to bear the fruits of "service" to others, especially to the poor. Intellectual, spiritual, academic, and interpersonal repression filled his days as a parochial school teacher and as a parish priest. And so I think the most important thing, I think, from my perspective about what [Blanchard has] said is finding a fruitful and creative way to live in the kind of the intensity of the crush and of its deepening. It is the metaphor of the "stream" of desire, and of its right direction, use, and even intensification in relation to God. It has burdened them with hair-splitting nonsense and striven to train them as moral acrobats instead of making them more humane and kinder to their fellow human beings. From Peter Abelard to Martin Luther to Hans Kung, there have been those will speak out against Catholic dogma but never does one see the Vatican ever acknowledge that these rebels may in some small way have their points. There was no ability to step back and look and say: Her hobbies include sin, confession, and ecstasy. Like magma below the crust, it's going to erupt, eventually. Thomas contended that the celibacy requirement for Catholic priests was merely Church law that could be reversed by any time by papal or conciliar authority. Jerome which expressed the views of both pagans and Christians at the time that, "All sexual intercourse is impure. This cannot be taken as a shocking or startling statement. The next day, an exaltation of the body very different from the one on the D. For it is a marked feature of both the Catholic and Anglican sex-crises that almost all the press attention is focussed on same-sex relationships, whether paedophile, "ephebophile," or mature homosexual. He finds the diminishing viability of the Catholic Church in the world due to the priest shortage ironic when juxtaposed to magisterium's attitude toward resigned priests. Let us refer back to another quote from Andrew Greeley, that being, "Priests keep their celibacy although not necessarily all the time. Jerome, and St. In contrast to the advice of St. For Freud it provides a means of positive transference of energies. Paul clearly indicates that being free from the bonds of matrimony is preferable to being married. Our defense mechanisms exist to protect our own fears of sexual inadequacy; and we impose neurotic behavior on others as a form of sexual aggression, which substitutes, though barely for more obvious and more explicit sexuality. Greeley also amended that statement by adding that there is greater effort involved with a priest breaking his vows of celibacy than a spouse to break marriage vows because of the major affect on lifestyle that is involved. The issues involved here have been covered extensively in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, both religious and secular. Arts, labour, great social works, and invention could all be possible activities of sublimation—not because they are sexual, or replace sexual frustration, but because they can harness the rocket fuel and creativity of subconscious desire.
That means standing firm against divorce which can indeed encourage partners not to take their marriage vows seriously and perpetuate the current epidemic of frivolous matrimony. Paul clearly indicates that being free from the bonds of matrimony is preferable to being married. Rice quotes from a document on celibacy prepared by church historian Hubert Jedin for the Second Vatican Council: At the Council of Nicaea in , a proposal to require celibacy for all priests was defeated and at the Council of Trullo in , marriage rights for priests were reasserted. Only a short time ago, for instance, the clergy of the Diocese of Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts received a mailing calmly announcing that one of their suffragan bishops was undergoing a divorce. During his twenty-plus years as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Father Joe would astound the multitudes as he flawlessly recalled the names of every one of his parishioners, as if imitating a memory whiz on a television talk show. Jerome which expressed the views of both pagans and Christians at the time that, "All sexual intercourse is impure. Interestingly, precisely this same image of channelling is used by one of the Christian tradition's greatest and most important theologians. That Sinead O'Connor is a graduate of a Dominican-run reform-school, that she has had two abortions in the past two years resulting from affairs with married men, that she is known for exhibiting behavior that ranges somewhere between bizarre and down right anti-social, should not necessarily be the criteria used to assess where she is coming from. No one explained what we were doing. Summing up, Gandhi said a celibate life was possible as long as the calling compensated as much love as a heterosexual relationship would in that particular individual. It was at once satirical and as well as sad to hear the Pope's recent pronouncment that the Church had erred in the 17th century by condemning the astronomer Galileo after he maintained that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Paul and Barnabas had such a love of the Church that they confronted Peter and others with prayer, discussion, and argument. They have only the flimsiest historical and theological justifications, and they fly in the face of political, social, and economic realities. The Spirit descended upon them. In late , A. Rather, the reflective, faithful celibate and the reflective, faithful married person may have more in common than the unreflective or faithless celibate, or the carelessly happy, or indeed unhappily careless, married person. One problem was that in the weekly meetings, the members would always go around the circle and talk about their struggles with lust in the past week. But it was not until the Middle Ages, at the Second Lateran Council in , that celibacy was made mandatory for all Roman Catholic clergy. Treating paedophilia as a separate problem is impossible, since it thrives by its place in a compromised network of evasion. Gregory ends his treatise much with an insistence on the importance of godly human examples from whom one may "catch the halo," as he puts it, of how rightly to order desire. She draws a line of distinction between celibacy that accompanies the vows of a religious order and chastity which she feels should be preserved until marriage. By many standards, she is very young, and may even be appropriately considered as one of "Joshua's Children," in reference to Joseph Giazone's book on the damage the Irish Civil War has reeked upon that nation's young people. From Peter Abelard to Martin Luther to Hans Kung, there have been those will speak out against Catholic dogma but never does one see the Vatican ever acknowledge that these rebels may in some small way have their points.
Sipe page 70 According to A. Incidentally, a film about the life of Merton shows film clips of the Getsemine, the Kentucky monastery where he lived for most of his adult life. The symbolism in Ms. POPE PAUL astonished the Council fathers, and the Catholic world, by making two extraordinary interventions that violated both the spirit and the procedures that had defined the Council until then. Greeley said taming the enormous sexual drive of human nature was very difficult and that has been supported evidentially by survey and statistics that show only two percent of priests have been absolutely faithful to their vows of celibacy. As he puts it in A People Adrift , "If the church wants to restore celibacy to [its] former status, there is really only one practical way to do it: A third, and final, "cultural contradiction" that I want to propose hovers over the common assumption that celibacy and marriage are somehow opposites: Excerpts of Father Breen's letter summarize the views of many of those presently battling what they see as stolid, stubborn blindness on the part of the magisterium: George S. As the unfortunate title suggests, women were accused of being witches as a matter of course. What is the difference between sublimation and repression? According to Rice, there was a real danger that legitimate children of priests could inherit and deprive the Church of its land. It might be thought that Gregory intends this intensification of desire towards God as mutually exclusive with a sexually-active life in marriage. Today, George S. To paraphrase a Vietnam era cliche, they are destroying their religion in order to save it. The drives are inevitable, but sex is not. In this task, Gregory says, both celibates and married people are equally involved as a life-long ascetical exercise "ascetical," of course, here referring to the practice of disciplining and training one's body, of learning, in other words, self-control. Yet when I left the priesthood in , I was more conscious of vowed obedience as the pressing issue than celibacy. The narcissist "Me Generation," the sexual revolution; the vicarious sex portrayed in the media, the arts, advertising, and fashion all have contributed to the Western World being sexually polarized and preoccupied. But for now, we cannot go further without attacking a different sort of cultural presumption head-on: SUMMATION In summarizing, there is no need to rehash the many sources, the many points that have been made, or to reemphasize just how crucial an effect the issue of celibacy will have on the future of the Catholic Church. My day-to-day experience teaches me that the most discouraging condition of our Church today is that our bishops do not respond to the crisis caused by the severe shortage of priests. As previously implied, philosophical theology does not rely upon any revelatory documents. Here we may be surprised to discover what Freud himself said on this matter, and to him we shall now turn. The power play was so blatant as to lay bare power itself as the issue. The scholars say that, in a larger context, the statement on celibacy may be associated with Matthew His work is filled with ugly, misshapen men, homosexuality, misogyny, superstition, and varied perversion and dysfunction among men supposedly devoted to a life filled only with love and with God. According to Sipe, however, most other "Church Fathers" were hold-outs for the old order of male superiority. However, this is scarcely a chic reflection, granted the current prurient obsession with homosexuality, and the accompanying diversion from heterosexual failures.
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